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Ruth Helen Hill

October 6, 1918 ~ October 19, 2018 (age 100)

Ruth Helen Hill, 100, died Friday afternoon, October 19, 2018, at Skiff Medical Center.

Ruth’s funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 24that the United Presbyterian Church, 209 N. 2ndAve. E. in Newton.

The family will greet friends from 12 p.m., Wednesday, October 24thuntil the time of service at the church.

A coffee time will be held immediately following the funeral service at the church, followed by the burial at the Palo Alto Cemetery in rural Newton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the United Presbyterian Church may be left at the church on the day of the service or may also be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home. If you are mailing the memorial please add, Attn: Hill Family on the envelope.

Ruth was born October 6, 1918 in Heyworth, Illinois to Charles and Hazel (Winchell) Ryburn. She grew up in Heyworth and graduated from Heyworth High School in 1936. She finished her Bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University in 1939 and then taught a few years in Illinois and Wisconsin. She completed her Master’s degree and she was working on her PhD at the University of Illinoiswhen she met her future husband, Eugene M. Hill of Newton in 1946. They were married November 28, 1946. 

Ruth served the Newton community 24 years teaching English and Latin at Central Junior High, Berg Junior High and at Newton Senior High from 1962 to 1986.

The true center of Ruth’s life was her family. She lovingly cared for her children and supported them through good days and bad. She looked forward to and enjoyed every family visit.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene M. Hill, and her first son, David E. Hill of Davenport, Iowa, and her brothers, Paul and Harold Ryburn.

Those left to honour Ruth’s memory are her children: Robert A. Hill of Tabor, South Dakota; Patricia R. Hill of Middletown, Connecticut; Kathleen M. Andreae of Wellington, New Zealand; and John C. Hill of San Francisco, California; and her grandchildren: Christopher Andreae of Tokyo, Japan, Helen Andreae of Wellington, New Zealand, and Amanda Klause of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and her sister, Marjorie Ann Smith of Normal, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.

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